The government proposal to hike probate fees has officially lasped, due to the prorogation of Parliament on 9 September 2019.

After campaigning to stop the fee hike, we welcome ministers’ decision to allow a probate fees increase to lapse.

Under the government’s proposals in the Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order, probate fees would have risen from the current fixed fee of £215 – or £155 with a solicitor – to a sliding scale of up to £6,000 depending on the size of the estate.

“Not only would these charges have been excessive but they could have caused significant cash flow issues for the bereaved,” said Law Society president Simon Davis.

“Should the order be reintroduced, we will continue to campaign against its introduction. This is a tax on grief.”